Foluke Omotayo Areola, a Seasoned Fisheries Professional, Administrator, Facilitator, is the First Federal Director of Fisheries Quarantine in Nigeria, First Female Acting Federal Director of Fisheries & Aquaculture and First Female Acting Federal Director of Fisheries of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Nigeria. A distinguished Fellow of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), she is the First Female National President, Fisheries Society of Nigeria for two consecutive terms of four years (2006-2010). She is the Patron and Member of the Governing Council of the Association of Ornamental Live Fish Farmers and Exporters of Nigeria. (AOFFEN).
Foluke O. Areola is the Lead Consultant with the G W&L Consults, Limited (Green, Life and Wealth) as a consultant in Fisheries, Quarantine, Capacity Building, Agribusiness and International Trade Facilitation in Agriculture. This is because there is an excellent fit between this service and her educational and professional training and experiences as a seasoned fisheries professional, trained quality and quarantine officer, administrator, facilitator, resource person, teacher and member of numerous local and International steering/technical boards in the public and private sectors over the years.
Her main interests are in good governance that ensures both human and ecosystem well-being and equity for optimal benefits; trade and market access in fisheries; credibility for funding of projects and promotion of regional integration and cooperation in the management of African fisheries and Aquaculture. She believes that sustainable fisheries management and rational utilization of resources are paramount to strengthening efforts at reducing poverty while ensuring food security. She also believes in the promotion of best practices and high standards in the operations of Fisheries and Aquaculture, to encourage increased investment, open new funding portfolio to operators, and as priority, guarantee profitability and sustainability of the resources. She has a strong conviction that through increased support for fisheries research, transfer of technology, application of practical and scientific-based solutions to the challenges of the sector, the sustainability could be ensured, while taking into consideration issues of conservation, biodiversity and environmental protection.
Deaconess Areola has over the years provided technical guidance in fisheries activities, contributed to building research and development capacities, strengthened institutional and partnership capacities across the fishery and support sectors and research engagement, training and coordination.